The Lutheran Home: Belle Plaine, a skilled nursing facility, hosted a COVID-19 vaccination clinic onsite on Tuesday, January 5.
More than 150 residents and team members received the first of two Moderna shots.
“This vaccine gives us hope for a new chapter in our fight against this virus,” said Jacqueline E. M. Grimm, Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, Regional Director of Senior Services for The Lutheran Home Association. “By equipping our front-line workers and those more susceptible to the virus, we are taking another step to keep our community healthy and safe.”
The Lutheran Home: Belle Plaine partnered with Thrifty White Drug to administer the vaccinations. The second vaccine shot will be distributed in early February.
“Over the past 10 months, our community has been largely impacted by COVID-19. Being able to receive the vaccine is a positive step in the right direction as we continue to heal from this, “said Dana Timm, Infection Preventionist.
Jim Schmitt, Director of Facility Services, was the first team member to receive the vaccine.
“Getting the vaccine was a sense of relief,” he explained. “With the population we work with, I feel it was important for our team to receive a vaccine. I hope after we receive the second dose, in time things might return to some sort of normalcy.”
Residents and team members at Hope Residence, a disability housing community, also received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine during the first week in January.
Kingsway Retirement Living is expected to receive the vaccine within the next two weeks.
“We recognize the strain the pandemic put on our team members, residents, and family members,” said Christopher Meyer, Chief Executive Office for The Lutheran Home Association. “We appreciate the opportunity to offer the vaccine and value our partnerships with local organizations and pharmacies. We look forward to the days when we can once again open our doors for everyday visits, events, and activities.”